Below a link to the Vanguard video Rape on the Reservation, a must view for those who think they know the issues,those who would, and those who seek to deny or ignore them.
It stands as a forty plus minutes sensory assault and an indictment that cannot be brushed aside, ignored, or qualified.
One should be asking the question in the midst of all the rhetoric by self proclaimed leaders and patriots if that is who they truly are why aren’t they, why they haven’t they been as vocal in addressing this as they are in promoting themselves, their books, their movies, or their commercial ventures?
No issue among the nations surpasses that of the sexual assault and physical abuse of our women and children-it is in my opinion part and parcel of the growing drug, alcohol, and gang culture that has embedded itself within the rez and our communities.
This particular video focuses on the Rosebud reservation, but for the most part the location could have been any rez in this country to some degree or another.
People need to understand the realities, to put the romantic imagery aside and acknowledge the fact that serious problems exist-forget the buxom indigenous babes and ripped warriors of internet art and Hollywood fame.
We are a people under attack from within and without, and while we may only be able to exert a restricted effort against external influences we sure as hell can proactively address this issue within our communities if we have the will to do so and refuse to be intimidated or led around by the nose.
We as nations need to forget the role playing, set aside the expectations of others as though they are an obligation and get down to the business of cleaning our house and restoring integrity.
Good people, good women and children, of which there are a great many among the nations, deserve more than to be held hostage-deserve more than being a statistical average that says they will at some point during their life run a greater risk of being a victim than any other demographic.
That isn’t indicative of native pride-what it speaks to is a growing shame, another burden we are contributing to that produces nothing but negatives.
Kudos to the people at Vanguard for dragging this issue out of the dark recesses and into the light-for having the will and courage to while others don’t.
Maybe in the midst of those self promoting paid appearances, the commercial ventures, those who have made a career of such things will stop for a moment and address not only this video, but a truth that cannot be denied and no longer hidden. Maybe even do so in an honest and forthright manner.
Independent of that maybe our people will say enough and put an end to all this-maybe they will say they are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.
Maybe someone will do a statistical analysis of this issue from 1968 to the present to demonstrate the dramatic increase.